Com­mu­nity group nom­i­nated for award

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jorja McDon­nell jorja.mcdon­nell@west­ern­

THE 25 girls and women of Charleville’s Girl Guides unit are an ac­tive part of the wider com­mu­nity and have been recog­nised for their con­tri­bu­tions in this year’s Com­mu­nity Achieve­ment Awards.

They’re up for Com­mu­nity Group of the Year, hav­ing been nom­i­nated by unit leader Sam Owczarek.

High­lights of the girls’ com­mu­nity in­volve­ment this year in­clude the An­zac Day march, Clean Up Aus­tralia Day and the Bilby Fes­ti­val, among other events.

Ms Owczarek said her group worked hard to be in­volved in Charleville.

“Us­ing the pro­gram that Girl Guides Aus­tralia has de­vel­oped we pro­vide ser­vices to the com­mu­nity, run camps, do lots of things out­doors and lead­er­ship pro­grams,” she said.

“We have small pa­trol groups within the unit as a whole and some girls take con­trol of those groups to learn lead­er­ship skills along the way.

“They run their own projects and set their own pro­grams.”

Ms Owczarek said their com­mu­nity in­volve­ment went a long way to­wards per­sonal de­vel­op­ment.

“Our group is very im­por­tant within the com­mu­nity, it teaches those girls to be lead­ers and gives them life skills that they may not get in other places,” she said.

“They need to know that they’re an im­por­tant part of the com­mu­nity and that it doesn’t mat­ter how small you are or where you live, you can still make a con­tri­bu­tion.”

Ms Owczarek said she was very proud of her unit for be­com­ing great lead­ers and par­tic­u­larly com­mended the long-term mem­bers.

“Our older girls are em­bark­ing on their Queen’s Guide, which is the high­est level of guid­ing,” she said.

“Through that they’ve taken on re­ally big projects.”

WELL DONE: The 1st Charleville Girl Guides have been nom­i­nated for Com­mu­nity Group of the Year, part of the Queens­land Com­mu­nity Achieve­ment Awards.

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